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The Citadel Mounts Second Half Rally To Trip Paladins, 84-79

Charlie Reddick
Charlie Reddick

Greenville, S.C. – The Citadel rallied from an 18-point second half deficit by shooting 74.1% from the floor over the final 20 minutes to upend Furman, 84-79, in Southern Conference men's basketball action Saturday afternoon on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.

Freshman P.J. Horgan scored 17 of his career-high 23 points after the break as the Bulldogs (6-15, 3-8 SoCon) converted on 20-of-27 second half field goal attempts, including 5-of-9 from behind the three-point line, to claim their first triumph over the Paladins in the last six meetings between the schools.

Furman (6-14, 3-6 SoCon) stretched a 40-24 halftime lead to 18 points when Colin Reddick buried a jumper just 19 seconds into the second period, but the Bulldogs began to chip away at the Paladin lead with an Ashton Moore three-pointer on the next possession.  A 17-3 Bulldog run midway through the period pulled The Citadel to within three points with 9:13 remaining when Matt Van Syoc was fouled shooting a trey and buried all three attempts at the charity stripe to trim the lead to 56-53.

The Paladins increased the margin back to seven points on three occasions in the next two minutes of play before Van Syoc and Marshall Harris III buried back-to-back threes to pull the Bulldogs to within one point at 65-64.  Mike Groselle's layup with four minutes left knotted the game at 70-70 and Horgan put The Citadel on top with a pair of free throws with 3:09 to play following a Paladin turnover.  

Moore and Groselle hit shots on The Citadel's next two possessions and Dylen Setzekorn made a three from the corner following a pair of Charlie Reddick free throws.  After Furman missed a trey, Harris converted on two trips to the line to cap another 17-3 run that gave the Bulldogs an 81-72 lead with 51 seconds to play.

Horgan hit 9-of-13 field goal attempts and 5-of-6 free throws to pace five Bulldogs in double figures.  Groselle added 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Moore netted 14 points.  Van Syoc and Harris totaled 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The Citadel shot 56.6% from the floor, made 7-of-13 three-point attempts and 17-of-27 free throw attempts to score its second straight victory.  The Bulldogs committed just eight turnovers and scored 17 points off 12 Paladin miscues.

Charlie Reddick led Furman with a career-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds, while twin brother Colin Reddick added 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting and also grabbed eight boards.  Freshman Stephen Croone contributed 12 points and 12 assists.

The Paladins shot 48.4% from the field and hit 8-of-23 three-point attempts, but Furman converted on just 11-of-17 free throws.  

The game marked the second straight outing that Furman squandered an 18-point lead.  On Thursday night, Georgia Southern rallied from an 18-point deficit to take a late lead before Bobby Austin and Charlie Reddick's shooting bailed out the Paladins.

Furman continues its four-game homestand on Thursday when it hosts SoCon North Division foe UNCG.  Tip-off versus the Spartans is set for 7 p.m.

Tickets for all home games are available at the Timmons Arena Box Office and online at www.FurmanPaladins.com.  The All-Inclusive Ticket, "IT", costs $12 for a lower level reserved seat and $8 for an upper level general admission seat.  The ticket entitles fans to unlimited trips to the Timmons Arena concession stands for hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and sodas. 

Each Paladin game will be aired live on 103.3 WOLT-FM and 96.3 WGOG-FM with Dan Scott providing play-by-play and Ron Smith handling color commentator duties.  

Fans can follow live statistics of the game and listen to the live steaming broadcast thru Stretch Audio by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.